This time last year, Joe Budden had just welcomed a baby boy with his then-girlfriend, Cyn Santana, and had a public fallout with Complex and Everyday Struggle. Citing his absence was due to “internal chaos,” instead of the paternity leave they claimed, the former Slaughterhouse rapper ended 2017 as a retired rapper with a thriving podcast.
Over the course of 2018, Joe was dubbed "the Howard Stern of hip-hop." Within a week, his eponymous podcast landed an exclusive deal with Spotify and alongside Revolt, his show, State of the Culture, was born. Unofficially, he and Cyn became relationship goals.
During a live show for his podcast, he took a leap of faith (again) and Cyn agreed to become Mrs. Budden. It's no secret that this, arguably, could've been the best year of Joe's life.
Congrats on a great year, and keep leveling up, Joe!
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